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Another busy weekend is brewing in southwestern Minnesota, with community events celebrating freedom, flight and lots of fun.

Events for Canby’s Hat Daze and Lake Benton’s Saddle Horse Holiday begin today. The Ray Fagen Memorial Air Show, featuring World War II aircraft from the Pacific theater, takes place at Granite Falls Airport on Saturday. And on Sunday, members of the Marshall community will celebrate Juneteenth, which commemorates the end of slavery in the United States.

Hat Daze / Father’s Day Air Show

A weekend of fun kicks off in Canby this afternoon, with a pork supper and children’s events, followed by a full day of activities on Saturday. Canby’s Hat Daze Festival includes everything from a downtown sidewalk art gallery to a fun race with inflatable obstacles, a parade and other family-friendly events.

Sunday’s free Father’s Day air show will bring a variety of aerobatics and formation flyers to Canby Airport, said airport manager Matt Wagner.

“It’s a great family outing for Father’s Day,” said Wagner. Over the past 16 years, he said, “We had a very loyal following.”

In addition to the air show, Wagner said there will be a performance by the Neon Gypsy band and bouncy houses for the kids. Some bouncy houses will have a water feature, to help beat the heat forecast for Sunday, he said.

Saddle Horse Holidays at Lake Benton

Hikers will be back in the Lake Benton area this weekend, but there’s also plenty to do even if you don’t have a horse. Saddle Horse Holiday events begin today, with the announcement of Lake Benton’s Citizen of the Year, children’s events and a sunset fireworks display.

Family fun events continue on Saturday, along with a 5k walk/run, car cruise and more. A talent show will take place at the Lake Benton Opera House on Saturday evening, followed by a dance featuring the Hicktown Mafia at the Lake Benton Fire Hall.

The Dakota-Minnesota Trail Ride will take place Sunday morning, followed by the 76th Annual Saddle Horse Holiday Parade and Dakota-Minnesota Saddle Riding Events.

Ray Fagen Memorial

air show

Saturday will be a big day for fans of historic aircraft as the Ray Fagen Memorial Air Show begins at the Fagen Fighters WWII Museum near Granite Falls. The theme of this year’s show is “Pride of the Pacific”, and the show will feature ex-Navy aircraft from the Fagen Fighters as well as guest warbirds and airshow performers Tora, Tora, Tora and Younkin Airshows.

The show starts at 3 p.m., but there’s plenty more on the program, including a panel discussion featuring WWII veterans and a parachute demonstration. Later in the evening there will be a concert by Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry.

June 16 is coming

to marshal

Area residents are invited to enjoy a day of food, music and community during the June 19 celebrations at Independence Park Sunday.

“It’s going to be awesome,” said Joyce Tofte, one of the organizers of Sunday’s event.

Juneteenth is also known as Black Freedom Day, Tofte said. Although the Emancipation Proclamation ended slavery in the United States in 1863, it could not be enforced in parts of the country that were still under Confederate control. It wasn’t until June 19, 1865, when troops arrived in Galveston Bay, Texas to announce that enslaved black people in the state were now free.

Traditionally, Juneteenth is the kind of holiday celebrated with food like a barbecue, music and community get-togethers, Tofte said. “We wanted to honor that” she says.

The June 16 celebrations will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Independence Park. There will be food vendors, live music, including a performance by Minnesota’s Titambe West African Dance Ensemble, and a red velvet cake competition judged by Mainstay Cafe.

“We are delighted with the amount of the partnership”, with community members and businesses, she said.

Canby Daze Hat

Events in Central Park, unless otherwise specified.


1:00 p.m., Lancer Open 9-hole golf scramble

3-6pm – Free kids bowling at Lancer Lanes

4:00 p.m. – Read aloud and art project for children

5-7 p.m. – Pork supper

6 p.m. – Pedaling for the kids


8 a.m. – Disc golf tournament at the Swimming Pool Park

8am-10am – Pancake and sausage breakfast at Canby Depot

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Independent Oil Hat Daze Golf Scramble

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Free gnome painting

9:00 a.m. – Fun run with inflatable structures

9:00 a.m. – Vendors’ Lounge in Central Park

10:30 a.m. – Free screening of the film by Clifford at the Canby Theater

11.m. – Mixed volleyball tournament

Noon – Beanbag Tournament at Heroes Sports Bar & Grill

3 p.m. – Hat Daze Parade

4-6 p.m. – Beef supper

5:30 p.m. – Canby Fire Department Water Fights

9 p.m. – 1 a.m. – “Uncle Chunk” live band at Heroes Sports Bar & Grill


Free Air Show for Father’s Day at Canby Airport. Pancakes and waffles will be served from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Food Burger from 11-2. The air show starts at 1 p.m.

Saddle Horse Holidays at Lake Benton

Saddle Horse Holidays at Lake Benton


11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – First Security Bank hot dog food

11:30 a.m. – Presentation of the Citizen of the Year 2022 and the Organization of the Year

1:00 p.m. – Iron Man Jr. Competition at School Park

2 p.m. – Children’s party at the school park

5:00-7:00 p.m. American Legion Baked Chicken/Pork Chop Fundraiser

6-9pm – Softball Tournament

Fireworks at dusk


All day softball tournament

8:30 a.m., 1 mile walk/run for kids at Hole-In-the-Mountain Park

9:00 a.m. – 5 km walk/run

9 a.m. – 3 on 3 basketball tournament for young people

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Family Fun Day Activities at the School Park

12:00-3:00 p.m. – Car cruise at Lake Benton Resort

Noon – Relay For Life Beanbag Tournament

1 to 3 p.m. – Ice Cream Party at the Opera

2-3:30 p.m. – Legion Bingo

4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. – Live band, Rockin’ Woody music at the Lake Benton complex

7:00 p.m. – Talent competition at Lake Benton Opera House

9:00 p.m. – Firefighter Dance with Hicktown Mafia


10:00 a.m. – Hike the Dakota-Minnesota Trail

Noon – Saddle Horse Festival Parade

1:00 p.m. – Dakota-Minnesota Riding Horse Events on Horse Hill and Children’s Riding Horse Events

Ray Fagen Memorial Air Show

10:30 a.m. – Doors open

12:30 p.m. – Roundtable discussion on WWII veterans, featuring Navy ace Donald M. McPherson, P-38 pilot Jim Tyler and Lt. Col. Huie Lamb, with retired moderator Brig . General Edward McIlhenny.

1:55 p.m. — Parachute demonstration by the 101 Airborne Reenactor Group

2:05 p.m. – Parade of vehicles

2:25 p.m. – Chorale Chord-Ayres, presentation of the colours, opening prayer

3:00 p.m. – Beginning of the air show

7:00 p.m. – Concert with Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry. Night air show with Younkin Airshows after the concert.

June 16 celebrations

at Independence Park

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. — Food vendors and music, storytelling walk

11 a.m. – Red Velvet Cake Contest

1 p.m. – Story time by the Departmental Library of Maréchal-Lyon

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